June 15, 2016
CREATE, CELEBRATE, COLLABORATE: The Grand's new TRACK Series
Film inspires us at The Grand Cinema to meet as many filmmakers as we can, pick their brains, help them meet other creatives, and showcase their work.
Obviously, since we’re in Tacoma, we’re particularly invested in our Northwest film community. Beyond our annual film festival, we’re also making more opportunities for filmmakers and artists to meet, connect, and collaborate.
This is the inspiration that led us to create TRACK - our local music video showcase sharing the newest and best in music videos created in the Northwest.
Read on to learn about TRACK 01:
June 13, 2016
MAGGIE'S PLAN FILM REVIEW: AN UNCONVENTIONAL ROMANCE
This comedic love triangle has all the twists and turns that you could ever hope for, but never truly expect.
June 3, 2016
The Lobster Review: Romance in the Absence of Emotion
Abounding with gags delivered in deadpan seriousness, thematically dark and surreal, and often hilariously uncomfortable, The Lobster excels in its mature comedic sensibilities and will leave audiences confused but still satisfied by its poetic questioning of modern Western romantic expectations.
May 31, 2016
Film Review: The bold and hilarious Love & Friendship
The one word that keeps coming to mind when I recall Love & Friendship is delight. Director Whit Stillman delivered all of the typical characters I've come to expect from an Austen classic, but in an unexpectedly bold and hilarious way.
When I think of quintessential Jane Austen, I expect a clever love story, a stirring soundtrack with sweeping scenes of the English countryside, and big names in pretty dresses with impeccable English accents. Love & Friendship addresses most of these expectations, but with one big difference: this film, its story, and its leading lady are audacious. This sheer, delightful cheekiness caught me off guard. Click below to read on!
May 26, 2016
High-Rise Film Review: dualities and dystopia
For lovers of visually pleasing and thematically mature science fiction, High-Rise is a film not to be brushed off.
May 25, 2016
Summer events with our community partners
Magically (through the magic of collaboration, to be precise), we pull off incredible, inspiring, unique events at The Grand all the time. This summer is no exception. Thanks to all sorts of cool partners, here's what I'm excited about at (and around) The Grand Cinema over the next few months.
May 20, 2016
SEEN AT THE 253 SHORT FILM PARTY
30+ Filmmakers were given 72 hours to create a short film lasting no more than 253 seconds. We watched all the finished works at a lively premiere party on a huge screen at Urban Grace earlier this month with nearly 700 friends.
May 9, 2016
Secret Star Wars: Elstree 1967
If you're looking for a flashy, star-studded Star Wars documentary than this is not the film for you; you can go about your business.
Elstree 1967, is much different and much more: Elstree goes beyond behind-the-scenes and looks behind the helmets and masks, sharing the experiences of some of the key Star Wars extras whose small roles made big impacts.
The film focuses on ten actors whose characters helped to shape and bring the Star Wars universe to life. Told through a series of intimate interviews and archival footage, we hear the stories of the relatively unknown actors who portrayed Storm Troopers, X-wing fighters, cantina aliens, and more.
Read on for more and details about the visiting Stormtroopers!
April 21, 2016
Tonight! 253 Short Film Competition Kicks Off
Tonight in theater we kick off the 253 Short Film Competition, an annual challenge in which 31 teams are given 72 hours to conceive, create and edit a short film (no more than 253 seconds) containing four criteria like a line of dialogue, prop, convention, and a phrase in a foreign language. Read on to learn more!
April 18, 2016
Happy Birthday, Grand Cinema!
Read up on our Monday updates including information about our 19th birthday, our audio system upgrades, celebrations of Miles Davis with KPLU and more!